Diabetes is a metabolic disease that affects the patient’s ability to utilize glucose properly. Because of this, patients’ glucose levels need to be monitored closely, and reported to the nurse and/or practitioner for appropriate treatment. The diabetic patient is likely to have complications that can affect their ability to care for themselves and complete their ADLs independently. This course will help the healthcare assistant to understand the basic nature of the illness, how to accurately assess blood glucose levels, and to anticipate assistance that this patient population may need with ADLs.
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